Blood & Oil is a short film I have wanted to shoot for some time. It speaks to all avenues of passionate endeavors and the common thread of desire, determination and relentless pursuit it takes to see them through. That feeling that wakes you in the dead of night, the call to action that courses through your veins. It doesn't matter what you do or what your passion is, there is always room to be challenged, to grow, advance and to be more inspired.
With that heart and intention, Blood & Oil is about wanting to create, be more awake and to be more alive. I have been lucky enough to both work and play with truly ambitious and talented people that push me more everyday, to those people I say a very special thank you.
And I thank you for watching and to those who share this film. It was a very ambitious shooting schedule, we shot 16+ set ups in 9 locations in 3 days, not including the pick up/spontaneous shoot days. A behind the scenes blog is being posted on my website, with extra photos and extra footage!
"The last of the embers cool in the waking dawn
as the silence echoes through the empty roads
and the beat of heavy hearts stir the morning air
The wasteland smiles, a grin tired and stretched too thin
Built on rotting soil the city starts to crack, the foundations perish and crumble
Trapped and left wanting, the weary stay hidden behind heavy doors and rusted locks
The undeserving cling to chances untaken
There is no escape
The darkness starts to build
I welcome the storm with my fists clenched, the aching seething from my bones
I cannot show you. I cannot take you with me
The course is already written
Moving in harmony, tracers strangle out the light
The consumption of every movement greedy and unsatisfied
From the wreckage the oil runs
Turning the blood of the fallen thick and black
Quiet is the pulse of the driven
Freedom is not levity, but the untold fight of the knowing
A force understood only by those who possess it
Dare to look up
Dare to breathe
To trust the hopeful and stack your spine
No need to call to the willing, they are already at your side
No need to call them brothers, they already share your fire
The crushing allure of pure acceleration
Chase it down
Chase it down"
Produced, Directed and Edited : Cale Glendening
Prose Writer : Chloé Mclennan
Cast : Art Arcinas, Jiimmy Pruitt, Josh Orr,
Caleb Owens, JT Daly, Paul Moak, Patrick Ryan,
Robert Longhurst, Nick Georgiou, Tori Townsend,
Vijay Upadhyaya, Rachel Haag, Yve Assad,
Pap Shirock, Will Fulford, Cassie Locante,
Allison Rusche, Jenna Lane, Blake Williams
Director of Photography : Cale Glendening
Original Music : JT Daly
Sound Design & Final Mix : Defacto Sound
1st AD : Will Fulford
1st AC : Andrew White
Color : John Carrington
Narrator : Jeffrey Buckner Ford
Music “The Blackest Bird” Performed by
JT Daly & The Blood Orchestra
The Blood Orchestra Is : Avery Bright, Zach Casebolt,
Katelyn Westergard : Violins
Emily Kohavi : Viola
Austin Hoke & Emily Nelson : Cello and members of RAM
Audio Engineers : Justin March, Devin Vaughan, Zack Zink
Mixed By : Paul Moak at The Smoakstack (Nashville, TN)
Post Production Supervisor : Chloé Mclennan
BTS Photography : Yve Assad, Andrew White
Rentals : TVC Nashville, ELITE Multimedia
Special Thanks : Blackbirds Motorcycle Assembly
Austin Mann, Jordan Bellamy, Moto Moda, Barista Parlor,
The Fuselage, The Fort
Animated on location at a beach, in snow, and underwater, this stop-motion short details a transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle.
Watch the making-of: vimeo.com/15269858
Written, directed, animated, edited, and sound by Kirsten Lepore
Rain trickling over the elephants' skin, the fighters are dancing like tree monkeys in the puddles of water…
Competition of Boxkator between France and Cambodia in Siem Reap.
Bokator, or more formally, Labokkatao (ល្បុក្កតោ) is a Cambodian martial art that includes close hand-to-hand combat, ground techniques and weapons. Possibly the oldest existing fighting system in Cambodia, oral tradition indicates that bokator or an early form thereof was the close quarter combat system used by the armies of Angkor 1000 years ago. The term bokator translates as "pounding a lion" from the words bok meaning to pound and tor meaning lion. A common misunderstanding is that bokator refers to all Khmer martial arts while in reality it only represents one particular style. (source: Wikipedia)
Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, CALDERA glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a world of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.
CALDERA is inspired by my father's struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that's invisible to the most of us. In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis.
CALDERA was helmed by Evan Viera (Director/Composer/Co-Writer) and Chris Bishop (Co-writer/Animation Supervisor/Story Artist) and was produced at Hampshire College. CALDERA was the first film to go through the Bit Films Incubator Program, where founder and professor Chris Perry (co-producer/editor) invites orphaned independent films to be made on campus with the College's students and resources. MANY students and industry professionals generously donated their time to the making of this film. See below for the full credits list.
In co-production with Bit Films and Flicker Dreams Productions
Jarred de Beer